Vincenzo Natali's 'Neuromancer' Adaptation Has Secured Financing
by Alex Billington
May 19, 2011
It was officially confirmed last summer that Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali was attached to direct the adaptation of William Gibson's seminal sci-fi novel Neuromancer. This is a project that has been in the works for a long time, but it's now officially coming sometime soon. A press release was put out (via AICN) announcing that Seven Arts Pictures and GFM Films have secured early sales from distributors during Cannes. Territories sold include: South Korea and Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Poland and the Middle East. Not in the US yet, but at least they have some financing so far.
"Response to this cult cyberspace thriller has been tremendous and the film ticks a lot of boxes with distributors. The film will be a Canadian-European co-production with principal photography occurring in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London. Work on the visual effects has already begun, with an anticipated start date in the first quarter of 2012," said Kate Hoffman, COO of Seven Arts. I'm very excited to see this adaptation come together, not only because I'm looking forward to Vincenzo Natali's next movies, but also because this is an awesome sci-fi novel that could make a great movie. As long as they've got a solid budget.
Neuromancer is the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack. "Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway… Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price." We'll keep you updated on this! Jump over to SlashFilm for quotes from Natali on Neuromancer.